3/1/2013 - 3/4/2013
I finally got to see my parents! I was so excited for them to come and spend some time with me over here in France. They visited Paris for a week while I had classes, and I took a flight to go see them and begin our adventures once my Spring Break began. I flew in to Paris, and we hopped right on a train to go to Avignon to relax for a few days.Avignon is a beautiful French city with a lot of history attached to it. We visited the Palais des Papes and walked around the rest of the day.
We walked on the Pont d’Avignon, which is a bridge that was constructed hundreds of years ago. Only part of the bridge remains today, so we could walk to the middle of the river where the bridge ends. If you turn around at that point, you can see the wall that the rest of Avignon is surrounded by and all of the older monuments that have been preserved.
We relaxed the rest of the afternoon at an outdoor cafe while we saw street performers and people watched! It felt so strange to actually have my parents here in France with me. It was so good to see them. They’re really excited whenever I have an opportunity to use my French when we go places. They like me being the translator but it gets tiring after a while when I keep switching my languages back and forth between French and English! Nonetheless I think they are impressed with my ability to speak and understand the people around us!
The next day, we went on a river cruise for the afternoon where we ate some AWESOME French food. The views were so pretty the entire time. We also got to see the complete change in water levels on the river where the boat had to be lifted and let down in order to keep going.
After the boat ride was over, we went back into the city to walk the gardens. They were absolutely beautiful, and we were able to hang out there until dinner time.
We ate a small, French restaurant where the people sitting next to us talked to us about France and how awesome it was that we were visiting. They even offered us their bottle of wine! We also bonded over our love for French desserts. I translated the entire conversation. It’s a pretty cool feeling when I can take it from French to English now without second guessing myself. We went to bed a bit early so we wouldn’t be too tired for our trip to Marseille the next day!